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by fine-tune
Sun May 26, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Question About Computer ATX PSU
Replies: 3
Views: 512

Question About Computer ATX PSU

In this article (and many others) there is a wire color chart for ATX power supplies: https://www.instructables.com/id/A-Makers-Guide-to-ATX-Power-Supplies/ I want to add a switch that will temporarily disable the automatic power-off feature provided on most mobos (motherboards). Just to be clear, t...
by fine-tune
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What kind of dye is this?
Replies: 5
Views: 817

Re: What kind of dye is this?

Four years ago I purchased an expensive SUV. The finish on this vehicle is stunning. I return to the dealer every few months for basic service (oil change, etc.). I always apply "The Color Treatment" 24 hours before my trip to the dealer. When I drive into the service garage, several mechanics put d...
by fine-tune
Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What kind of dye is this?
Replies: 5
Views: 817

What kind of dye is this?

I don't know where to post this question. If you don't have the answer, maybe you can direct me to a more appropriate forum. Many years ago someone added dye to auto polish. The results were amazing. All those ultra fine scratches that make your almost new car look old disappeared. Several manufactu...
by fine-tune
Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Want to Reconfigure IBM ThinkPad
Replies: 4
Views: 1723

Re: Want to Reconfigure IBM ThinkPad

Hello haklesup. IBM (and then Lenovo) stopped manufacturing the ThinkPad a few years before serially connected hard drives. Look closely at the Drive Caddy image. You can see a standard PATA connector. I really liked the ThinkPad design with that Ultrabay . I suppose it's not needed anymore, because...
by fine-tune
Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Want to Reconfigure IBM ThinkPad
Replies: 4
Views: 1723

Want to Reconfigure IBM ThinkPad

Do you remember the IBM ThinkPad? The model I have is in excellent condition. They all have a large open slot called an Ultrabay . Hard drives, floppy drives, and CD players can be quickly installed and removed from the U ltrabay . (See attached images.) I'd like to use my old ThinkPad for a project...
by fine-tune
Fri Oct 06, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ink Drowned my AIO Printer
Replies: 14
Views: 2480

Re: Ink Drowned my AIO Printer

I was happy with the Canon AIO in my home office because I don't use it a lot. You've probably read those articles about the cost of factory ink. I can't remember the exact amount, but if you purchased a gallon of factory ink it would cost thousands of dollars. There are several ink sellers that wil...
by fine-tune
Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ink Drowned my AIO Printer
Replies: 14
Views: 2480

Ink Drowned my AIO Printer

Many years ago I tried aftermarket ink cartridges. They were awful. Friends would say, "why are you wasting your money on that expensive factory ink!" My experience with so called "remanufactured" cartridges was terrible. Washed out colors, fractured or smeared print, etc. About 12 months ago a frie...
by fine-tune
Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sad Demise for a GE SuperRadio
Replies: 9
Views: 1802

Re: Sad Demise for a GE SuperRadio

I tried a substitute speaker and volume control. No change. The power suppy is ok. It's a basic four diode bridge. This SuperRadio has 22 electrolytics and 11 adjustable coils. All of the components are old. The impact from that scrap of wood may have been "the straw that broke the camel's back," if...
by fine-tune
Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sad Demise for a GE SuperRadio
Replies: 9
Views: 1802

Re: Sad Demise for a GE SuperRadio

I don't think it's an exaggeration to say, the GE SuperRadio was the best portable AM/FM radio ever made. With a decent external antenna, you could pick up AM stations thousands of miles from your location. Replacing a transistor, resistor, or capacitor is no problem. However, you're not going to fi...
by fine-tune
Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sad Demise for a GE SuperRadio
Replies: 9
Views: 1802

Sad Demise for a GE SuperRadio

The attached image is from eBay. The model I own is almost identical. I purchased a new GE SuperRadio many years ago for my workshop. I built a special protected shelf, far away from power tools, sawdust, etc. Connected to an external antenna, it worked perfectly for more than 30 years! A few hours ...
by fine-tune
Sun Aug 06, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Continuing Optical Drive Saga
Replies: 3
Views: 838

Re: Continuing Optical Drive Saga

I've been tinkering with CMOS settings for several decades. I made a "logical" mistake, but I still feel like an idiot! As you know, the Boot Menu provides a " one time only " override of the CMOS boot order. Therefore, it never crossed my mind to enter the CMOS and change the boot order. The SATA c...
by fine-tune
Sat Aug 05, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Continuing Optical Drive Saga
Replies: 3
Views: 838

Continuing Optical Drive Saga

I prefer Linux distros like Mint, but if you live in the "real" world maintaining a couple of Windows systems is a necessity. Several months ago I posted about a Pioneer CD/DVD burner that suddenly vanished from Windows. There must be millions of articles, blogs, and posts about this problem. Micros...
by fine-tune
Thu Jun 15, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Firmware Flash or Garbage Can
Replies: 7
Views: 2052

Re: Firmware Flash or Garbage Can

Until this Centon drive pooped out, I had no idea there was so much stuff on the web about fixing
flash drives. I have to admit, I got hooked on the idea! I just wanted to see if it could be done.

It would have been fun to see this dead gizmo come back to life.

Thanks Janitor Tzap and Lenp.
by fine-tune
Wed Jun 14, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Firmware Flash or Garbage Can
Replies: 7
Views: 2052

Firmware Flash or Garbage Can

I've got a USB flash drive that sort of died. Fortunately, all the files were backed up on a couple of external hard drives. It's a 64GB Centon DataStick Pro. Solid all metal construction. I was about to cut this flash drive into several pieces with my Dremel tool, so no data could ever be recovered...
by fine-tune
Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Translucent Containers Needed - Help!
Replies: 6
Views: 1937

Re: Translucent Containers Needed - Help!

All those "unmarked" 5-gallon buckets have etched warning labels. Small children can drown in a large bucket. They all must have that warning label or they can't sell large buckets. You may not see the label on website images, but they are on the bucket somewhere. Fermentation containers are very ni...